Optimally, voting is how the correct answer is recognized. In practice, though, sometimes people vote up answers that are long just because they look thorough.
I notice that, in this case, neither answer has even a single link. The information might be true, but at the moment it's not backed up by credible sources. In many cases, links aren't necessary ...
Just write the question and answer
There was some lengthy discussion back in January about creating bootable Windows 10 installation media. The first comment by DavidPostill reads:
Great idea! Feel free to write the canonical question/answer pair based on the info provided in your post.
Going ahead and doing it got us the frequently-referred-to What can ...
You can technically, but you should not practically.
This is like building a compilation of Linux distros or a gallery of fonts. Good if you know what you're already looking at and for, but then you're already there. Not to mention what kind of terms you'd expect to pull in with images.
Better have a blog post or wiki that helps you work out how to work ...
I agree with the idea.
Making a single community-wiki post for this problem would ensure that the question's answer is in one place, which is one of the goals of Stack Exchange. Additionally, if you have six different questions with the same purpose, but no one of them is canonical, it would be a good idea to make a new canonical post in order to ensure ...
One mechanism that is commonly used is the obvious one —
answers to other questions.
Sometimes somebody will ask a question that strikes to the heart of an issue
and draws large numbers of high-quality answers (and comments).
Other times a seasoned veteran of the site will ask a generic question
simply for the purpose of having a place to hang answers on.
I think it's a good idea. While Wikipedia does a great job at this, we can't close a question as a duplicate of a Wikipedia article.
These questions do tend to get out of hand.
There is no good reason for someone to get 100 upvotes for saying "it's a short extension cord." There's also no good reason for you to net 90 rep for recognizing a display port ...
Since I've actually posted the question and answer, I'd like to encourage users with sufficient reputation:
Please vote to close (or flag) the duplicates, most of which are in this list.
Be sure to double-check the question before you vote to close; some are linked to this question for a different reason and are not duplicates.
Also, please do not close ...
My immediate thought is that this sort of information would be useful to include in the tag wiki for microsoft-excel. In its current state, the tag wiki doesn't include any information that's particularly useful to people asking questions on the site. Maybe this is a good jumping-off point for reconstructing the Excel tag wiki.
While new users are unlikely ...
One idea would be to use a custom SQL query with the SE Data Explorer tool, and the Compose Query option to do the searching part and bring you back a list of links to correlated questions.
You could search all questions where the title or body contains certain strings or phrases such as: "the system doesn't start Windows" "no bootable device", etc.
Journeyman Geek mentioned in a comment:
I did rather like that image - but thats an identify this image thing
question as well.
Honestly, I think such questions must be very common, while they are not a good fit for SU, it is conceivable that a stack exchange site dedicated to such questions could be very useful - post a picture, get people to identify ...